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And the Winner Is…

January 30th, 2014 by Jennifer

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The results of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards are in. Congratulations to our own Dr. Aaron Lington, a founding member of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, whose self-titled debut album won a Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album. Dr. Lington performed on Bari Sax for every track and composed half of the songs found on the album.

“I am completely speechless and honored,” wrote Dr. Lington on his website. “I feel very personally proud of the album… The world-class musicians that brought the music to life deserve very special recognition.”

A Visit from Ken Burns

January 6th, 2014 by Jennifer

On December 6, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns came to San José State to receive the 2013 Steinbeck Award. He had a discussion with KQED’s Michael Krasny about his upcoming documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Later, he answered questions from the audience, which largely comprised of students. View a gallery and article by SJSU Today.


Spartan Marching Band Winter Concert

December 13th, 2013 by Jennifer

The Spartan Marching Band is winding down another great season with their annual Winter Concert on December 15. The concert will feature all of the band’s shows from this season, plus a few fan favorites. Proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for the music and dance majors in the band. The San José Mercury News wrote their own article on the event, with comments from band director Scott Pierson.

The concert will be on Sunday, December 15 at 2PM in the SJSU Event Center. Tickets are $15 for general, $5 for seniors. Learn more.

Our New Associate Dean Takes the Stage!

October 14th, 2013 by Jennifer

The College of Humanities and the Arts’ new associate dean, Dr. William H. Street, will perform a saxophone recital on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the Music Concert Hall. He will be joined by Roger Admiral on piano, Professor Dale Wolford on saxophone, and Paul Steenhuisen as host and commentator.

Coming to us from the University of Alberta faculty, Dr. Street has been active in university administration and governance since receiving his doctoral degree in music from Northwestern University. As a performer, Dr. Street works frequently in chamber and solo performances, oftentimes with pianist Roger Admiral and the Quatuor International de Saxophones.

The concert will feature a piece composed by our own composition professor Dr. Pablo Furman entitled “Music for Alto Saxophone and Electronics.” The concert will conclude with the premiere of Steenhuisen’s composition “Jeu de Téléphone,” an intriguing piece that will encourage audience members to use their cellphones.

Summer in the City Is Here!

June 21st, 2013 by Jennifer


San José State University’s seventh annual Summer in the City Music Camp is well underway! Students from all around the state have come to spend a week with renowned Bay Area educators and SJSU music students honing their musical skills. Come join us Saturday, June 22 as the week ends with two concerts in the Music Concert Hall: Orchestra and Concert Band will perform at 10AM, and the Choir and Wind Ensemble will perform at 1:30PM. Admission is free to the public.